IT and business professionals everywhere are beating their heads against a wall over the limitations traditional web access management (WAM) solutions. And who blames them?
When you find yourself locked into contracts, forced upgrades, self-built work-arounds and needing professional services -- while paying mega money for it all -- it's not a happy situation.
On average, only a small fraction of a WAM solution is utilized by organizations. The remaining larger fraction is like the Swiss Army® knife blades you never use. So why buy the entire WAM kit and caboodle?
Why not just implement the entire WAM package? If only it were that easy. After you purchase a WAM product, you must select the components that you need from what you don't need. But as vendors continue to add more and more components, sometimes by acquiring a new technology that they need to "fit" into their products, the more complicated it becomes to determine what you need -- creating a vicious cycle. Additionally, you have to circumvent the add-ons you don't need with custom code and then correctly deploy and maintain your individualized WAM concoction. Unfortunately, this isn't easy and is where professional services come in to help you -- and they aren't cheap!
No, the traditional WAM reality isn't pretty. But fortunately there are options. You can integrate a next generation identity and access management (IAM) solution with your existing WAM and even migrate fully to IAM over time. Among the many benefits, lightweight IAM alternatives decrease the amount of custom work-arounds and professional services needed for WAM -- reducing complexity and cost. Now that's something to celebrate!